What in tarnation? 🤪 🌹

Widget was a funny website that ran primarily in the first half of 2021, through a grant from Grant for the Web. It published posts, cartoons, jokes, etc., under the tagline Fart jokes & anti-capitalism™. Its editors were Sam Allemang and Janet Mowat.

Widget wants to fight oppression, white supremacy and oligarchy insofar as a teeny tiny comedy website is able to. What this means is taking steps to bring in first-time, emerging, and non-traditional writers from barriered backgrounds – in terms of class, gender, race, neurodiversity, background, and culture. Check out our open-source Inclusivity Guidelines here.

We publish in monthly themed “collections” that curate a series of pieces on a broader topic. Each collection features the work of a guest editor and partner publication as well as outside writers.

Land Acknowledgment

Widget’s editors want to acknowledge that the lands on which we operate are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples (Tkaronto), and of the Erie, the Neutral, the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Mississauga peoples (Hamilton). These lands are now home to many other First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and are covered under the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. 

Widget’s editors are grateful to live and operate on these lands, and we embrace our responsibility in working toward decolonising the institutions and spaces we all share. We will make this website an anti-colonial space by:

  • actively seeking opportunities to hire and promote Indigenous writers and organisations
  • refusing to publish works that promote the settler narrative or denigrate the true histories of this land and its peoples
  • responding with humility when we make mistakes, and taking immediate, transparent steps to improve

Cartoon of a wide open mouth – yelling?

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